Minnesota museums calendar: A sampling of attractions

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Here’s a sampling from attractions around the state. For a full guide, see www.museumsmonth.org.

History/culture

AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE
2600 Park Av. S., Mpls. • 612-871-4907 • www.asimn.org
On view: “Eight Seasons in Sápmi, the Land of the Sámi People.” Photography by Birgitte Aarestrup and prints by Kurt Seaberg. “#NameThisExhibit: 1,200 Birchwood Plaques from Sweden’s Post Futuristic Society.”
Upcoming: “Pull, Twist, Blow: Transforming the Kingdom of Crystal” opens June 15.

FOREST HISTORY CENTER
2609 Co. Rd. 76 • Grand Rapids, Minn. • 1-218-327-4482 • www.mnhs.org/places/sites/fhc
On view: Interactive exhibits on Minnesota’s northern forests. Tour a ranger’s cabin, fire tower and museum exhibits.

FORT SNELLING
At Hwys. 5 & 55 near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport • 612-726-1171 • www.historicfortsnelling.org
On view: Museum opens Memorial Day weekend. Exhibits on military history from the Civil War through World War II, and on the history of the fur trade and slavery in Minnesota.
Upcoming: “Fort Snelling Perspectives: Change Over Time” opens May 25. “Portraits of the First Minnesota: Contemporary Civil War Portraits of Minnesota’s First Regiment” opens Aug. 3.

GRAND PORTAGE NATIONAL MONUMENT
170 Mile Creek Road, Grand Portage, Minn. • 1-218-475-0123 • www.nps.gov/grp
On view: Reconstructed fur-trading post and visitors’ center opens May 24. Exhibits include craftwork from residents of the Grand Portage Ojibwe reservation and “From Furs to Fashion,” featuring finished goods from the fur era.
Upcoming: Voyageurs re-enactors and tribal members gather for Rendezvous Days and Powwow Aug. 9-11.

HENNEPIN HISTORY MUSEUM
2303 3rd Av. S., Mpls. • 612-870-1329 • www.hennepinhistory.org
On view: “A Century of Wedding Gowns” and “The Enchanting Picture She Has Painted.”
Upcoming: Museums Month free day on May 11 with complimentary admission, refreshments and more.

LAKE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY Two Harbors light station
1 Lighthouse Point, Two Harbors, Minn. • 1-218-834-4898 • www.lakecountyhistoricalsociety.org
On view: Exhibits featuring the history of the harbor, light station and keepers’ duties.

LAKE SUPERIOR MARINE MUSEUM
600 S. Lake Av., Duluth • 1-218-720-5260 • www.lsmma.com
On view: Maritime exhibits, including a Fresnel lens that once guided ships into Duluth’s harbor.
Upcoming: Lake Superior Days, July 20-21. Tall Ships celebration, July 24-30. Lighthouse Days, Aug. 3-6.

MILL CITY MUSEUM
704 S. 2nd St., Mpls. • 612-341-7555 • www.millcitymuseum.org
On view: Displays about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the Mississippi River and the city of Minneapolis. Exhibits include “We Are Still Here: Photographs of the American Indian Movement.”

MILLE LACS INDIAN MUSEUM
43411 Oodena Dr., Onamia, Minn. • 1-320-532-3632 • www.mnhs.org/places/sites/mlim
On view: Objects, videos and interactive displays tell the story of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Featured exhibit: “Naamijig: Honoring Our Traditions.”

MINNESOTA HISTORY CENTER
345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul • 651-259-3000 • www.minnesotahistorycenter.org
On view: “Minnesota and the Civil War”: Our role in the conflict, both on the battlefield and home front. “Then Now Wow”: An exhibit of moments that shaped the state, designed for children. “The U.S.Dakota War of 1862”: The tragic clash, explored through multiple perspectives.
Upcoming: “American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition” opens Nov. 8.

NORTH WEST COMPANY FUR POST
12551 Voyageur Lane, Pine City, Minn. • 1-320-629-6356 • www.mnhs.org/places/sites/nwcfp/index.htm.
On view: An Ojibwe encampment with costumed re-enactors.

STEARNS HISTORY MUSEUM
235 33rd Av. S., St. Cloud, Minn. • 1-320-253-8424 • www.stearns-museum.org
On view: “Minnesota Homefront” explores challenges that shaped our legacy (ends May 12). Permanent exhibits include one on the Pan Motor Co., a short-lived auto plant in St. Cloud, and a model of a 1930 granite quarry.

WINONA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
160 Johnson St., Winona, Minn. • 1-507-454-2723 • www.winonahistory.org
On view: “Curious Collections,” an assortment of pieces from Winona County collectors and the society’s archives.
Upcoming: “The Art of Furniture,” featuring pieces by area woodworkers and artists, opens June 22.

The arts

GOLDSTEIN MUSEUM OF DESIGN
1985 Buford Av., St. Paul • 612-624-7434 • http://goldstein.design.umn.edu
On view: “Redefining, Redesigning Fashion: Designs for Sustainablility” through May 26.
Upcoming:  “Printed Textiles: Pattern Stories” opens June 15.

MINNEAPOLIS INSTITUTE OF ARTS
2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls. • 612-870-3000 • www.artsmia.org
On view: “More Real: Art in the Age of Truthiness.” “The World at Work: Images of Labor and Industry, 1850 to Now.” “Art in the Age of Globalization.”
Upcoming: “The Progressive Pencil: George Elmslie’s Prairie School Designs” opens May 26. “It’s New/It’s Now: Recent Gifts of Contemporary Prints and Drawings” opens July 14.

MACROSTIE ART CENTER
405 1st Av. NW., Grand Rapids, Minn. • 1-218-326-2697 • www.macrostieartcenter.org
On view: Mental Health Month Exhibition.
Upcoming: Works by Gendron Jensen, June 7. Juried show, opens Aug. 2.

MINNESOTA MARINE ART MUSEUM
800 Riverview Dr., Winona, Minn. • 1-507-474-6626 • www.minnesotamarineart.org
On view: “150 Years on Minnesota’s Waters: Paintings From the Minnesota Historical Society’s Art Collection” (ends May 23). “The Deadliest Catch: Photography by Cameron Glendenning.” “Valor in Marine Art.”
Upcoming: 15th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists opens May 31. “Sacred Waters: Photographs From the National Geographic Society” opens July 30. “Illuminating the Word: The Saint John’s Bible” opens Aug. 6.

MINNESOTA MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
MMAA Project Space, 332 N. Robert St. • St. Paul • www.mmaa.org
Upcoming: “CuratorKids,” a pilot program in which St. Paul public school kids curate their own art shows, opens May 11. “String/Felt/Theory” opens June 8.

MUSEUM OF RUSSIAN ART
5500 Stevens Av. S., Mpls. • 612-821-9045 • www.tmora.org
On view: “Concerning the Spiritual in Russian Art”: 70 spiritual works by 47 artists. “Jewish Life in the Russian Empire: Photographs From the Museum of Ethnography, St. Petersburg, Russia.”
Upcoming: “Women in Soviet Art” opens June 15.

NEMETH ART CENTER
301 Court Av., Park Rapids, Minn. • 1-218-237-5900 • www.nemethartcenter.org
On view: Monthly curated shows of contemporary art and a permanent collection of European paintings.
Upcoming: Works by Katie Hargrave, opens May 15. “Midwest Multiples,” opens Aug. 1.

ROCHESTER ART CENTER
40 Civic Center Dr. SE., Rochester • 507-282-8629 • www.rochesterartcenter.org
On view: “Critical Mass,” works by Henny Linn Kjellberg.
Upcoming: “The Protagonist,” narrative and animation works, opens May 17.

ROURKE ART GALLERY AND MUSEUM
521 Main Av., Moorhead, Minn. • 1-218.236.8861 • www.therourke.org
On view: “Two Brothers: Two Ways of Seeing,” works by James and Orland Rourke. “Of Memory, Bone & Myth.” National juried photography show.
Upcoming: “Moritz Götze,” works by German artists.

TWEED MUSEUM OF ART
University of Minnesota, Duluth • www.d.umn.edu/tma
On view: Annual senior student exhibition (closes May 12).
Upcoming: Portraits by St. Paul painter by Anne Labovitz, opening June 4.

WALKER ART CENTER
1750 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. • 612-375-7600 • www.walkerart.org
On view: “Painter Painter,” works by 15 artists from the United States and Europe. “Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites,” more than 30 sculptures and installations.
Upcoming: New York theater troupe Elevator Repair Service previews a new play by Sibyl Kempson, May 16-18. Artist-designed mini golf returns May 23-Sept. 8 as the Walker observes the 25th anniversary of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Rock the Garden, June 15. “Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties” opens Sept. 21.

WEISMAN ART MUSEUM
333 East River Rd., Mpls. • 612-625-9494 • www.weisman.umn.edu
On view: “Our Treasures: Highlights From the Minnesota Museum of American Art” (ends May 12). “Photo Nation: Photography in the United States” (ends June 30).

Nature/science

BAKKEN MUSEUM
3537 Zenith Av. S., Mpls. • 612-926-3878 • www.thebakken.org
On view: Explore the mysteries of our electrical world through such exhibits as “Ben Franklin’s Electricity Party,” “Frankenstein’s Laboratory,” “Mysteries of Magnetism” and more.
Upcoming: “The Best Days of the Bakken,” July 16-20.

BELL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
10 SE. Church St., Mpls. • 612-624-7083 • www.bellmuseum.umn.edu
On view: “Dig It! Secrets of the Soil”: Learn about the various components of soil through interactive displays, models and photography.
Upcoming: “Birds & DNA: Biodiversity and Mountain Islands” opens June 29.

COMO ZOO
1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul • 651-487-8200 • www.comozooconservatory.org
On view: Animal habitats, summer flower show and gardens.
Upcoming: “Gorilla Forest,” a new primate habitat, opens June 6. “Chipotle Edible Garden” opens June 14.

GREAT LAKES AQUARIUM
353 Harbor Dr., Duluth • 1-218-740-3474 • www.glaquarium.org
On view: “Aquatic Invaders,” “Masters of Disguises,” “Isle Royale” and more.
Upcoming: “Fire, Ice and the Rise of Life,” opening Memorial Day weekend, explores the dramatic evolution of the Great Lakes from the time of volcanoes to glaciers and beyond.

HEADWATERS SCIENCE CENTER
413 Beltrami Av., Bemidji, Minn. • 1-218-444-4472 • www.hscbemidji.org
On view: Located near the headwaters of the Mississippi River, its kid-friendly interactive exhibits include “Science Through Stamps,” “Bicycle Gyroscope” and more.

MINNESOTA LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM
3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska • 952-443-1400 • www.arboretum.umn.edu.
On view: More than 1,000 acres of gardens and natural areas. Exhibits include “Outdoors Extraordinaire” and an exhibit of landscape paintings by the Outdoor Painters of Minnesota.
Upcoming: “Gophers in the Gardens” opens June 1. Arboretum sculpture garden opens Aug. 24.

INTERNATIONAL WOLF CENTER
1396 Hwy. 169, Ely, Minn. • www.wolf.org
On view: See wolves as well as exhibits and programs on the species.
Upcoming: “The Sigurd Olson Legacy: Wilderness, Writing and Wolves” opens May 19.

MINNESOTA ZOO
13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley • 952-431-9200 • www.mnzoo.com
On view: More than 500 species of animals on six trails, plus a bird show.
Upcoming: 35-year celebration weekend, May 18-19. “Africa!” and “Dinosaurs!,” opening May 25. Music in the Zoo series begins June 6 with Joan Baez.

SCIENCE MUSEUM OF MINNESOTA
120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul • 651-221-9444 • www.smm.org
On view: “Future Earth”: What will the world be like in 2050? Innovative approaches to global change. “Math Moves,” a stimulating approach to problem solving.
Upcoming: Omnifest, the museum’s annual celebration of giant-screen films, runs May 10-June 20. “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” opens June 21, featuring artifacts and multimedia components that shed light on the ancient Central American culture.

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
1501 State St., Marshall, Minn. • 507-537-6178 • www.smsu.edu/campuslife
On view: Hands-on exhibits that introduce visitors to the history of plants and animals, particularly those native to Minnesota.

Specialty

DULUTH CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
115 S. 29th Av. W., Duluth • 1-218-733-7543 • www.duluthchildrensmuseum.org
On view: The exhibit “Nano: Exploration of the Very Small” and “Kids Create!,” a space that helps children explore their creative talents.

MINNESOTA CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
10 W. 7th St., St. Paul • 651-225-6000 • www.mcm.org
On view: “Dora and Diego” presents the world of Dora the Explorer and her animal-rescuing cousin. “Secrets of Circles,” first-hand experiences with circle-related technologies (closing May 12).
Upcoming: “Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action” opens May 25.

MINNESOTA FISHING MUSEUM
304 West Broadway, Little Falls, Minn. • 1-320-616-2011 • www.mnfishingmuseum.com
On view: More than 10,000 artifacts donated by state anglers.

MINNESOTA MILITARY MUSEUM
15000 Hwy. 115, Little Falls, Minn. • 1-320-616-6050 • www.mnmilitarymuseum.org
On view: Located at Camp Ripley, the state’s National Guard training facility, this museum includes exhibits on “Minnesota’s Two Civil Wars: 1861-1866,” “Women in the Military,” and “Forts on the Frontier.”

MINNESOTA MUSEUM OF MINING
701 W. Lake St., Chisholm, Minn. • 1-218-254-5543 • www.mnmuseumofmining.org
On view: Historic equipment used to mine the Mesabi Range.

PAVEK MUSEUM OF BROADCASTING
3517 Raleigh Av., St. Louis Park • 952-926-8198 • www.museumofbroadcasting.org
On view: Home to a collection of antique radio, television and broadcast equipment.

UNITED STATES HOCKEY HALL OF FAME
801 Hat Trick Av., Eveleth, Minn. • 1-218-744-5167 • www.ushockeyhall.com
On view: A tribute to former U.S. Olympic gold-medal coach Herb Brooks as well as hockey videos and historic memorabilia.

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